Poppy Remembrance Project

  I finally finished it! It took two years on and off but I finally finished my lovely poppy remembrance field. This cross-stitch project was my most challenging yet and at times made my eyes cross but it was worth it. Over 23,000 stitches. All that’s left to do is mount and frame it. IContinue reading “Poppy Remembrance Project”

Jalapeno Popper Potato Salad

I was going to save this recipe for a summer picnic type post but what the heck – might as well use it for a dish to pass this weekend for the big game, right? Heck yeah! Bacon, potatoes, cheese and jalapenos, what could be better! I tried this recipe last year from Christin Mahrlig’sContinue reading “Jalapeno Popper Potato Salad”

Garage Sale and Thrift Store Finds

We have an obsession here at the Ripley household. All three of us are obsessed with garage sales, thrift stores and flea markets. Just about every week we head out to one of the local thrift stores such as Good Will or Plato’s Closet and in the summer we are at the flea markets andContinue reading “Garage Sale and Thrift Store Finds”

From My Sewing Basket

A pair of pants to hem, a button to fix, a hole to repair in a sock. I don’t know about you, but my sewing basket always has something in it to fix. And some things have been in it for YEARS! One day, instead of mindlessly wasting my morning surfing statuses online, I decidedContinue reading “From My Sewing Basket”

Love with Food Gift Subscriptions

Have you ever been in the situation where you have absolutely no idea what to get someone for a gift? My Step-Daughter and her boyfriend live in Boise, Idaho. Being over 2000 miles away from us in Western NY, we haven’t had a chance to visit them yet. Not knowing much about their life makesContinue reading “Love with Food Gift Subscriptions”

How to Decorate Christmas Cutouts

For almost a decade I have been decorating Christmas cutouts with colorful glazes and a piping bag. Traditionally, cutouts are decorated using royal icing and a technique known as “flooding”. Flooding is time consuming, tedious and very tiring on your poor fingers and hands. I decorate hundreds of dozens of Christmas cutouts every year andContinue reading “How to Decorate Christmas Cutouts”

Parsley and Sage

Historically herbs have been used not only to add flavor to food but also to preserve and for medicinal purposes. Another passion of mine is the use of herbs. I have started to research the use of herbs for digestion and anxiety and cold and flu. I struggled this summer to find herb plants toContinue reading “Parsley and Sage”

Old School Address Book

This week started off badly. On Monday morning Doug missed the bus so I got to work an hour late and as I was getting out of the car to go into the building I realized I had forgotten my cell phone on the desk at home. GASP! This day was not starting out well.Continue reading “Old School Address Book”

How Do I Get So Much Done?

Right now I am reading the Little House on the Prairie, by Laura Ingalls Wilder series and am currently on book 6. The old ways fascinate me. Believe me I won’t be giving up modern conveniences like proper healthcare, electricity, flushing toilets or hot showers any time ever, but I wouldn’t mind giving up cellContinue reading “How Do I Get So Much Done?”

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